J’ai eu le plaisir de visiter Glen Villa plusieurs fois avec des groupes de collègues jardiniers. C’est toujours une visite particulièrement intéressante, car je peux non seulement découvrir et redécouvrir un beau jardin, mais aussi observer les réactions des autres lors de leur visite : leur surprise et leur satisfaction lorsqu’ils découvrent ce jardin qui allie si soigneusement et magnifiquement art et histoire. Autant d’éléments particuliers à découvrir, ainsi que des plantations insolites et des sculptures bien intégrées. Certainement l’un des grands jardins privés de l’est du Canada!
Ancien président de la Garden Writers Association, et créateur du blog LE JARRDINIER PARESSEUX
An outstanding lecture. You presented our students and community with a new way to see and think about the world around them.
Principal, Bishop’s University
Gardeners are many, plant collectors are few, but garden makers are a rare breed indeed. Pat Webster is a garden maker and the garden she has created is a landscape unlike any I have visited. The layout is naturalistic but the site is permeated with history. The steady climb through woods and meadows is punctuated with stunning vistas, the discovery of hidden treasures and moments of pure delight.
Director, Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens, Grand-Métis, Québec
Your talk was wonderful, very informative, fabulous photos and your topic filled the audience with new ideas, I could feel their adrenalin churning!
Past President, Canada Blooms and Garden Club of Toronto
“After all, what is a garden for? It is for delight, for sweet solace, for the purest of human pleasures, the greatest refreshment of the spirits of men.” Pat Webster has applied Gertrude Jekyll’s comments to create a unique landscape. Working with a complex site, landscaped over 100 years ago, she has given it a contemporary interpretation, layering whimsy, art and history. Like the garden, her programs refresh and delight.
Past President, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects
I have seen some extraordinary gardens and over time have developed a discernment about that ineffable “something” that makes a place “special.” Glen Villa is one of those very most special places, not only for its ideas drawn from reverence for the land and its history, but also for the fact that it is so personal.
Garden Tour Planner, Vancouver, B.C.
Site and Insight is where I go to find superb landscape design for cold climates. Pat Webster’s sensitive thoughts on the design process inspire me to think more and do better in my own garden.
Author and creator of COLD CLIMATE GARDENING